Title appears up for grabs at upcoming Nagoya Basho

Sumo Jul 4, 2019

Title appears up for grabs at upcoming Nagoya Basho

by John Gunning

Commentators often divide sumo into eras, each defined by its outstanding rivalry. Whether it's Akebono vs. Takanohana, Taiho against Kashiwado or Tochinoshiki taking on Wakanohana, great yokozuna pairings have traditionally been the standard way to separate one generation of rikishi from the next. So dominant has ...

Unbeaten Hakuho outduels Takakeisho

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 20, 2019

Unbeaten Hakuho outduels Takakeisho

Yokozuna Hakuho held off a stern challenge from sekiwake Takakeisho on Wednesday to maintain his perfect 11-0 record at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. No. 4 maegashira Ichinojo is one win behind the Mongolian yokozuna, who aims to hold onto the lead for a record-extending ...

Sumo 101: Pusher-thrusters

Sumo Mar 11, 2019

Sumo 101: Pusher-thrusters

by John Gunning

When many people think of sumo, they imagine two large men locked in a vice-like grip straining to force each other out of a ring. The common English-language naming of the sport as "sumo wrestling" also reinforces that grappling image. Go to almost any stable and ...

Hakuho, other challengers ready to chase spring glory

Sumo Mar 7, 2019

Hakuho, other challengers ready to chase spring glory

by John Gunning

The Osaka Basho, which gets underway on Sunday, is arguably the most wide-open tournament sumo has seen in years. With three of the last four meets crowning first-time champions, guessing who will be hoisting the Emperor's Cup on March 24 is like trying to predict ...

Tamawashi secures first title by beating Endo on final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 27, 2019

Tamawashi secures first title by beating Endo on final day

Sekiwake Tamawashi became the second-oldest wrestler in sumo's current format to secure his maiden championship, winning the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, the tourney's 15th and final day. The 34-year-old Mongolian wrapped up his triumph with his 13th victory, beating No. 9 maegashira ...

Tamawashi pulls ahead after Hakuho drops third straight

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 25, 2019

Tamawashi pulls ahead after Hakuho drops third straight

Newly promoted sekiwake Takakeisho handed yokozuna Hakuho his third straight loss on Friday at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho gave up his share of the lead, falling one win behind Tamawashi (11-2) with two days remaining in the 15-day tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku ...

Hakuho stays spotless on ninth day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 21, 2019

Hakuho stays spotless on ninth day

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho maintained his lead after beating former ozeki Kotoshogiku on Monday, the ninth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The 33-year-old Hakuho, the only yokozuna still in action, beat Kotoshogiku to keep a perfect record at the 15-day meet at Tokyo's ...

Takakeisho stays ahead of the pack

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 22, 2018

Takakeisho stays ahead of the pack

Takakeisho maintained his one-win lead after beating rank-and-filer Tamawashi on Thursday, the 12th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The 22-year-old komusubi, whose only loss came against sekiwake Mitakeumi on Day 7, beat the No. 2 maegashira comfortably and appeared primed to win his ...

Kisenosato opens Kyushu Basho with loss

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 11, 2018

Kisenosato opens Kyushu Basho with loss

Yokozuna Kisenosato opened the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with a loss to Takakeisho on Sunday. Kisenosato, who entered a tournament as the sole yokozuna for the first time, chased the 22-year-old komusubi around the ring to get a hold of his belt. Takakeisho, however, fought ...